Ankle Deformity Specialist

Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute

Orthopedics located in West Palm Beach, Florida

A deformity of the ankle joint can make everyday tasks such as walking painful. Let the team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida help diagnose and treat your ankle deformity. They’re proud to offer the most advanced diagnostic tools and treatment methods to repair a variety of ankle deformities, including joint arthritis, weak or unstable ankles, tendonitis, and osteochondral lesions. If you’re experiencing an ankle deformity, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Ankle Deformity Q & A

What is an ankle deformity? 

An ankle deformity refers to a health problem concerning your ankle joint. Since you rely heavily on your ankle joint for physical activity, it’s prone to sports and workplace injuries. You can also experience ankle problems due to underlying conditions, including arthritis. 

The team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute has a host of knowledgeable ankle specialists equipped with ample resources. They specialize in treating ankle deformities. 

What are common types of ankle deformities? 

Here are some of the most common types of ankle deformities that the team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute routinely treats: 

Ankle joint arthritis

Certain forms of arthritis, a progressive disease-causing inflammation and loss of cartilage, can gradually wear down your ankle joint. Ankle joint arthritis can cause painful symptoms and significantly impair ankle function. 

Unstable/weak ankle

An unstable or weak ankle can be the result of overuse, wear-and-tear, or a sports injury. It can cause chronic pain or make you vulnerable to repeated injury. 

Tendonitis

Tendonitis of the ankle is a condition marked by the inflammation of one or two of the tendons surrounding your ankle joint. It’s typically caused by overuse or an injury. That means it generally occurs as a result of repetitive movements during physical activity that place undue strain on the ankle.  

Osteochondral lesions 

These are defects in the cartilage of your ankle joint. When there is damage to the cartilage, which is the soft, connective tissue of the joint, it can also affect the bone. These cartilage defects, or osteochondral lesions, are also typically caused by overuse injuries. 

Avascular necrosis

This is a condition characterized by the death of bone tissue in your ankle. It’s caused by a restricted  blood supply in the area. Avascular necrosis can lead to tiny fractures in the bone and the bone's eventual collapse. 

How do you treat ankle deformities? 

The team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute begins treating any ankle deformity by obtaining an accurate diagnosis. First, a specialist evaluates your condition, reviews your medical history, and, in some cases, requests further testing. 

Then, while working closely with you, your specialist develops a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific health needs. Treatment may involve state-of-the-art surgical procedures performed on-site as well as more conservative, non-surgical methods, such as physical therapy. Each situation is unique and requires individualized care and attention. 

To learn more about ankle deformities and their treatment, call the experts at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute and book a visit or use the online scheduling tool today.

 

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